Employers Must Allow Female Staff 90 Days Maternity Leave
Malay Mail (Online) : 13/12/2017
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — Private sector employers can be investigated and prosecuted if they dismiss female staff who take 90 days maternity leave.
Deputy Minister of Human Resources Datuk Seri Ismail Abd Muttalib said such action was in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Constitution that everyone had equal rights including employment.
“Although there is no specific clause stating that private sector employers cannot terminate the service of a female worker for taking 90 days maternity leave, we have to uphold the principle law which is the Federal Constitution.
“Employers cannot terminate the service of female workers when they become pregnant; these women have contributed much to help their companies to thrive.
“If the employer terminates the service of a female staff for taking 90 days leave, report the matter and the ministry will investigate,” he said when winding up the debate on the Supply Bill 2018 at policy level for his ministry in the Senate today.
During the tabling of Budget 2018 on Oct 27, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that the mandatory maternity leave for the private sector had been increased from 60 to 90 days, as in the public sector.
Ismail said the proposed 90-day maternity leave would be in two phases, with the first phase involving consultation with the stakeholders to get their views and feedback.
The second phase would involve amendments to Section 37 of the Employment Act 1995, Section 83 of the Sabah Labour Ordinance Chapter 67 and Section 84 of the Sarawak Labour Ordinance Chapter 76, he said. — Bernama
Recognising Employers Who Support Upskilling
The Star (Online) : 04/12/2017
THE Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF) has introduced the new Data Analytics Award to recognise its employees who adopt date and analytics approach.
It was introduced during the 17th Human Resources Development (HRD) Awards Dinner 2017 that was officiated by Human Resources Minister Datuk Seri Dr Richard Riot Jaem.
The new award was presented alongside existing categories — the Human Resources Minister Awards, the PSMB (Pembangunan Sumber Manusia Bhd) Awards, the Innovation & Creativity Award, the Pearl Award, and the Certificate of Excellence.
“The new award marks HRDF’s commitment in driving Malaysia’s digital economy and embracing the Fourth Industrial Revolution, which is rapidly under way,” said HRDF chief executive Datuk CM Vignaesvaran Jeyandran.
HRDF focuses on creating a workforce that is performance- orientated, which included preparing HRDF-registered employers and employees for the robot revolution.
Additionally, the awards are held to acknowledge employers who encourage employee development, contributing towards the growth of the nation.
This is in line with HRDF’s Human Capital Strategic Initiatives launched earlier this year to boost upskilling and re-skilling Malaysian talent.
“The annual HRD awards lauds the contribution of HRDF’s stakeholders towards equipping Malaysian employees with the right skills to support the national agenda of having a 35% skilled local workforce by Year 2020. We are currently at 28%,” said Riot.
Award recipients include exemplary HRDF-registered employers and training providers, who continuously drive a world-class training culture within their organisations and circles of influence through strategic and focused endeavours.
Nominated employers are evaluated by a panel of industry experts: National Innovation Agency Malaysia (Inovasi), Federation of Malaysian Manufacturers (FMM), Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia Employers Federation (MEF), Malaysia Productivity Corporation (MPC), Malaysian Institute of Human Resource Management (MIHRM), Sirim Bhd, SME Corporation Malaysia (SMECorp) and Asean Data Analytics Exchange (ADAX).
Evaluation is based on the employers’ previous year’s performance in human resource development and was conducted in four stages.
The HRD Awards not only recognises winners but also encourages others to perform better in their areas of human capital development.
Winners will be invited to HRDF’s forums and training fairs to give talks and share their experiences.
They also have the right to use the awards logo in their promotional materials for three years, and have access to various publicity platforms.
Socso: Laid-Off Workers Eligible For RM600 Claims For Three Months From 2018
The Star (Online) : 05/12/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Starting next year, workers who have been laid off will qualify for an interim benefit in the form of a cash allowance of RM600 per month for a maximum of three months under the Employment Insurance System (EIS).
Social Security Organisation (Socso) chief executive officer Datuk Dr Mohammed Azman Aziz Mohammed said the Government had allocated RM122mil to Socso to implement the EIS.
He said 57,282 individuals were expected to claim the benefit involving more than RM103mil next year.
"Through the EIS programme, those who take up Voluntary Separation Schemes (VSS) are also eligible for the benefit," he told a media conference here, Tuesday.
Socso will be conducting roadshows for a month in 17 locations nationwide from Wednesday (Dec 6) to provide an understanding of the coverage, registration, contribution, administration and enforcement of EIS to employers, employees and workers unions in the country ,he said.
Earlier, Human Resources Ministry Secretary-General Datuk Dr Mohd Gazali Abas said the ministry targeted that RM470mil will be contributed by the 6.4 million private sector workers through the EIS programme.
The EIS will be implemented in January as a social safety net aimed at helping private sector workers who lose their jobs to get financial assistance and find new jobs.
On Oct 25, the Dewan Rakyat passed the EIS Bill 2017 and the Bill will be tabled at the current sitting of the Dewan Negara for final approval.
Under the EIS scheme, the contribution from employers will be 0.2% of an employee's monthly salary and likewise from the employee. – Bernama
Malaysia's Unemployment Rate Currently At 3.4 pct
New Straits Times (Online) : 29/11/2017
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia employment rates are in good health, with a total employment of 14.67 million people, the Dewan Rakyat was told.
Human Resources Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Muttalib said the unemployment rate in Malaysia as of September 2017 stands at 3.4 percent or 504,100.
The figure is based on a workforce study conducted by the Department of Statistics.
"Among those unemployed, 131,600 are diploma holders while 37,250 are certificate holders and below," he said in a reply to Datuk Dr Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali (Pas-Kuala Nerus) during the Minister's Question and Answer (MQT) session.
Ismail said 270,330 job-seekers are registered with the JobsMalaysia portal as of September this year.
JobsMalaysia is a platform by the government that offers job seekers information to aid the job application process.
Among the registered job seekers, 187,551 (69.4 percent) are graduates while 82,779 (30.6 percent) are non-graduates.
Ismail noted that 223,167 job vacancies had been advertised by employers through the portal whereby the Manpower Department will match the workers with potential employers.
Among the highest sectors are vacancies in the manufacturing and agriculture sectors.
JobsMalaysia has been running outreach programmes through its JobsMalaysia Centres (JMC) since September 2012.
JMC has organised activities like open interviews and career carnivals, job placement programmes in collaboration with the private sector, holiday placements for university students, as well as organising special group placement programmes for vulnerable people such as single mothers, the disabled, former drug addicts, former convicts, the homeless and retirees.
As of last year, about 176,105 job seekers have secured placements through various programmes organised by the Manpower Department in Peninsular Malaysia. -- Additional reporting by Arfa Yunus